July 17, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor garnered its highest-ever preseason placing by being picked second in the 2014 Big 12 Football Preseason Poll, as voted on by media representatives who cover the league.
BU tallied 508 points and nine first-place votes to finish as the projected runner-up to Oklahoma, which received 548 points and the remaining 47 first-place votes.
The Bears were chosen to finish in front of Kansas State (377), Texas (376), Oklahoma State (312), Texas Tech (308), TCU (297), West Virginia (170), Iowa State (121) and Kansas (63).
The Big 12 Conference had two six-team divisions for its first 15 seasons, and Baylor was never picked to finish in the top half of a division during that span. This year's second-place projection is the Bears' best since the league switched to the 10-team format in 2011. BU was picked sixth in 2011, seventh in 2012 and fifth last season.
On Wednesday, Baylor led the league with seven selections to the preseason All-Big 12 team.
Last season, the Bears produced an 8-1 record in conference play to win the first Big 12 title in program history.
BU will look to defend that crown in its first season at the state-of-the-art McLane Stadium. The Bears will open the $266 million riverfront stadium on Aug. 31 by taking on SMU.
Head coach Art Briles enters his seventh season in Waco and his 2014 Baylor squad returns 51 lettermen from a team that won a school-record 11 games and played in the Fiesta Bowl, the school's record fourth straight bowl appearance.
Briles and select players will now head to Dallas on Monday for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com.
For the latest news on the Baylor football team follow its official Twitter account: @BUFootball.
2014 Big 12 Football Media Preseason Poll
1. Oklahoma (47) 548
2. BAYLOR (9) 508
3. K-State 377
4. Texas 376
5. Oklahoma State 312
6. Texas Tech 308
7. TCU 297
8. West Virginia 170
9. Iowa State 121
10. Kansas 63
first-place votes in parentheses